Core Competencies

What are the WSCUC Core Graduation Competencies?

The WSCUC 2013 Accreditation Handbook, Standard 2, Criterion for Review 2.2, requires institutions to report on graduating students’ levels of performance in five core graduation competencies common to all degrees:

  • Written communication
  • Oral communication
  • Quantitative reasoning
  • Information literacy
  • Critical thinking
  • These five core graduation competencies are relevant in virtually any field of study, though different fields may define these outcomes in different ways and may also include other outcomes. The institutional review process calls upon institutions to describe how the curriculum addresses each of the five core graduation competencies, explain their learning outcomes in relation to those core graduation competencies, and demonstrate, through evidence of student performance, the extent to which those outcomes are achieved at or near the time a student graduates with a baccalaureate degree.

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